Home Sweet Home, knitted bunting

Hellooooo, welcome back

Today on the blog, I have some knitted bunting which would make a really great house warming gift.

home sweet home knit bunting jane burns

I think this is an excellent travel project (for those of you who are still planning your holiday knitting).  The individual houses are really portable and quick to knit.

home sweet home knit bunting jane burns

The lettering is worked using either lengths of crochet chain or knitted I-cord which is sewn on using the template which is included.  Why not mix it up a bit and put names on the bunting?  You can find the pattern for this bunting inside issue 133 of Simply Knitting magazine.  Happy Knitting,  Jane x


17 Essential Crochet Gifts, You Simply Must Buy

Not wanting to leave the hookers out, I have put together what I consider to be the ultimate gift guide for those who crochet.  The list includes gadgets, gizmods and giggles and even something for boys!

Click the image and it will whisk you off to a magic portal where you can have these goodies delivered to your door so you don’t even have to enter a yarn store 😉

I hope you enjoy this gift guide, share it with your friends and make sure that all hookers are happy hookers this Christmas….


you can never have too much yarn knitting mug gift idea

Yarn Mug

real men crochet tie gifts for knitters men

Real Men Crochet Tie

I Crochet so I dont kill people bag gift idea

Crochet Bag

ball sack knitting bag gift idea

Crochet Bag

Crochet Bag

Crochet Bag

Knitting Blocking Combs gift idea

Genius, Blocking Combs

Knitting yarn Ball Winder, no more winding by hand! knitting gift idea

Yarn Ball Winder, no more winding by hand!

Umbrella Yarn Swift, no more fighting with yarn! knitting gift idea

Umbrella Yarn Swift, no more fighting with yarn!

Crochet Stitch Markers

Crochet Stitch Markers

Crochet Stitch Markers

Crochet Stitch Markers

Must have Crochet Book

Must have Crochet Book

Mini Balls of Yarn

Mini Balls of Yarn

Yarn Bowl knitting gift idea

Yarn Bowl

Beautiful Stash Enhancement

Beautiful Stash Enhancement

Magnetic Knitting Chart Holder gift idea

Magnetic Chart Holder

Crochet hooks

Clover Getaway Soft Touch Crochet Hook Needle Gift Set

Light Up Crochet Hook

Crochet Lite Hook Light Up Crochet Hook


If you are still not sure, then I am pretty confident that the beautiful yarn packs and the Clover hook set will get you more than a kiss under the mistletoe 😉

Happy Hookin’



Tiny Knitted Gift Bags and Sparkly Sacks

tiny treats tree gift bags knitted jane burns

These tiny bags are great for hiding treats on the tree

Image courtesy of Simply Knitting Magazine

I was luck enough to receive a pack of Lion Brand, Bonbons to try.  For those of you yet to come across these assorted packets of yarnie fun you can read some more about them in my previous blog post

I thought these Party Bonbon’s were just crying out to be Christmassy.  So the mini treat bags were born, not under a star and greeted by Three Wisemen, but here in my studio, greeted by cuppa and a digestive biscuit!

Disclaimer… I did not write the comment on the image that was the saucy sorts at Simply Knitting!

You can find the pattern inside the Hand Knit Christmas supplement which is free with issue 125 of Simply Knitting Magazine.  You can download your copy here.

christmas knits jane burns


As always I would love to see your finished projects on my Facebook page and on Ravelry.

Let me help you with your Gift Knitting

I know, I know some of you will curse me for merely mentioning gift knitting! Equally some of you will be sitting there feeling a little bit smug, knowing that you have kept your gift knitting plans to a manageable level (or so you think) and that you stand every chance of being finished my December 1st.   After all that’s what we all aim for isn’t it?

Any way,  I am currently sitting with a foot firmly in each camp, “how can that be?” I hear you asking.  Well I have finished my gift knitting!  Ok, it is a birthday gift (due tomorrow) and it is crochet.  The only thing denting that warm smug feeling is that it is still sitting in ‘my den’.  Flu has delayed play this week,  I am currently day three in my pj’s looking like I am auditioning for the part of Rudolph in the panto.  Nothing is getting done here 🙁

You have already seen an in-progress shot of the Half Granny Shawl by Anastacia Zittel.  It is for my best friend Angela’s birthday tomorrow.  It really was a dream to work, perfect TV crochet with the yarn doing all the colour changing.  I already have the yarn for another one!

half granny shawl

half granny shawl

Last night I managed to make some gift tags, so I thought I would share them with you.  You can download a sheet of these little gift labels and print them onto card or linen effect paper (my personal favourite).  They will add that personal finishing touch to your handmade gifts.

gift label

There is one other way I can help you with your gift knitting.  Remember that sinking feeling you get every year when you realise that you are not going to complete those Fair Isle, beaded, over the heel socks with lace inserts that you had so wanted to make for your Grant Aunt Lily.  Hold onto that feeling and KEEP IT REAL.

gift tag

Happy Birthday Ange,  I hope your day is as wonderfully special and fun filled as you are xx

gift labels